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Let’s find a super Super

The search is on for a Terry Grier successor.

Terry Grier

Terry Grier

The search for a new HISD superintendent should start in earnest this week.

The school board plans to vote Thursday to authorize spending up to $70,000 on the search and to hire Iowa-based Ray and Associates to lead the process. The firm, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, specializes in school searches and has been in business since 1975.

Superintendent searches typically cost between $40,000 and $100,000, according to a 2006 report from the Council of the Great City Schools.


The board is expected to name an interim superintendent as the search should extend beyond [Superintendent Terry] Grier’s [February 28] exit date.

The Board had previously interviewed four companies to do the search. Whatever you think of Terry Grier – and I personally think he did some good things, and swung and missed at a few other things – this is a Really Big Deal for HISD and its students, and for the greater Houston area overall. We can’t afford to get it wrong – we need a strong leader who can help HISD fulfill its potential. A super Super, as it were. There’s a new parent organization that is looking to get people involved in this process, since the Board can’t know what we the parents and stakeholders of HISD want if we don’t tell them. See this info sheet for details, and please contact [email protected] if you want to get involved. They’re our schools, and this will be our Superintendent. Let’s get it right.

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